Virginia Tech Football signs McDonald brothers from Salem
Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente announced on Tuesday that the Hokies have added Jayden and Jorden McDonald to Tech’s 2021 signing class, bringing the number of signees in this group up to 27 student-athletes.
The twin brothers from Salem are both listed as “athletes,” and the Virginia Tech coaching staff will determine their potential positions once they arrive on campus in the summer.
Salem began its 2021 spring season on Monday, Feb. 22 with a 50-0 win against Blacksburg, after not playing football in the fall of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Spartans are currently 4-0 on the season.
The McDonalds, both listed as three-star recruits by 247Sports and Rivals, are playing for head coach Don Holter at Salem High School and finished the 2019 campaign with a 12-2 record after reaching the VHSL Class 4 state semifinals vs. Tuscarora.
They were also members of Salem’s 2017 Division 4 Virginia State Championship Team coached by Holter.
“Jayden and Jordan McDonald are not only very good football players, but they are also exceptional young men,” Holter said. “They are leaders in the classroom, community and on the field. Jayden and Jordan have been active volunteers in our city with local churches and food banks doing various tasks helping to feed elementary kids throughout the summer, kids who otherwise would not have access to much-needed nutritional items. In addition, both of them participate in presentations to elementary students as members of the African-American History Club.
Tech’s longstanding tradition of siblings playing in Blacksburg continues with this signing class that includes the McDonald brothers. The 2021 class also features two players who are following older brothers to Tech. tight end Jack Hollifield is the younger brother of current linebacker Dax Hollifield, and defensive back Jalen Stroman is the younger sibling of current Washington Football Team member Greg Stroman, a cornerback.